Thursday, March 28, at 5 p.m., James McCann will present "Deposing the Malevolent Border: Malaria and the Blue Nile Basin" as part of the Crossing Borders Study Day. McCann is a professor of history and interim director of the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer–Range Future at Boston University.
McCann will discuss the concept of border as a historical watershed and describe one of the world's great watersheds, the Blue Nile Basin, in terms of its dynamic ecology and the human ecology of malaria over time. Malaria is a clever and adaptive force that confounds humanity's attempts to control it or to set it within boundaries. He will explain how ecological history provides an approach to understanding disease and human responses.